Introduction to BTEC qualifications:
What are Vocational Qualifications?
Vocational qualifications are nationally recognised qualifications. They are different from traditional GCSE and A Levels because they are linked to a particular area of work.
What makes vocational Qualifications different?
- Students develop skills, knowledge and understanding in the vocational area they are studying.
- Each vocational course is made up of a number of units, allowing students to build up their qualification in stages.
- Students are assessed mainly through coursework.
- Students produce evidence for their key skills qualification through their vocational course.
- Students take responsibility for their own learning by planning their work, doing research and regularly reviewing their progress.
Why do we offer BTEC courses?
- They prepare students for the world of work and provide a good starting point for other qualifications.
- Employers value the qualities that vocational students bring to the workplace e.g. organisation, time management, communication and research skills.
- Universities value the independent study skills that vocational students bring to their courses.
- The courses are flexible so that they meet the needs of a wide range of students. They are available at different levels in a variety of formats. They can be taken alongside other qualifications such as traditional GCSEs and A levels.
- They give students the opportunity to try a range of activities such as designing products, organising events, investigating how professionals work and working in teams.
Students of BTEC courses can find additional information within the student handbook
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